Sponsored by Local Town Boards, Sauk County UW-Extension and the Conservation, Planning & Zoning Department.
The luxury of quality drinking water is something that many of us commonly take for granted. Municipal and other public water supplies are subject to strict guidelines and water quality testing to ensure that the water meets the current drinking water standards and is safe to drink. However, there are over 800,000 private wells which serve as the primary water supply for a large number of people throughout the state. Drinking water can be contaminated from a variety of sources, and most water pollutants cannot be easily detected by taste or smell. Getting your water tested annually is the best way to determine if your drinking water has been contaminated by chemicals or bacteria.
In a recent survey conducted by UW-Stevens Point, 73% of survey respondents had not tested their drinking water in the last five years, 57% did not know the depth of their well, and 66% did not know the depth to water in their wells. The Sauk County drinking water program provides a convenient opportunity to test your drinking water and learn about the issues facing well water in Sauk County. Water Sampling Procedures
Residents living in the townships of Greenfield, Sumpter, and Merrimac had an opportunity to participate in a Drinking Water Program in the winter of 2018. Participants learned about their well-water quality and quantity, and what actions they can take to protect Sauk County’s groundwater. If you are a homeowner with a private well, it is important that you get your water tested once a year. Groundwater is constantly moving, so a water sample taken today may have different results than a sample taken a year ago. GET INVOLVED and find out what you and your family are drinking.
Water test results were discussed at an educational program at the West Square Building in Baraboo. Click here for Kevin Masarik’s 2018 Presentation.
To learn more about well water testing, please call us at 608-355-3250 or stop in at 505 Broadway, Third Floor, Baraboo, WI, 53913.